Ask Helen Mirren a question and a brutally honest answer will come out.
Mirren has just chimed in about ageism in Hollywood, as part of The Wrap’s first New York Power Breakfast.
At the event, held June 16, Mirren called the practice of weeding out older actresses “outrageous.” She actually used another word before “outrageous,” but the point was heard by all. She was referring to a recent item about 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal, who was told she was too old to play the lover of a 55-year-old man.
“It’s f—-ing outrageous,” she said. “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying,” she added at the breakfast, according to The Wrap.
Perhaps that is just one reason why so many celebrities go under the knife and get plastic surgery. However, Mirren, who will turn 70 this year, is still a hot commodity. She is only a Grammy away from winning an EGOT (EMMY, GRAMMY, OSCAR, TONY). After her recent Tony award, that leaves only the Grammy.
Age always seems to get in the way, whether one feels it or not. Take the wife of a Hollywood A-lister, Amal Alamuddin.
When she talks about plastic surgery, it may send mixed signals.
Alamuddin is married to George Clooney.
A new report from RadarOnline and Design & Trend suggests Alamuddin wants to be more Hollywood than civil rights lawyer nowadays, so she has gone under the knife to make that happen.
The report also suggests that Alamuddin has a new face. While Clooney himself said an aging man should not get plastic surgery, or use hair dye, that does not apply to his wife.
But the message is a bit ironic and It shows that even though he does not want it, it appears that she does. Alamuddin is 37 and Clooney is 54, so she is right at the age where Gyllenhaal was told she was too old to be the lover of a 55-year-old.
Dr. Louis Cole told Examiner about changes to Alamuddin: “The cheeks look lifted maybe from fillers because there are no scars. She still has lines in her cheeks too, which is not typical with a face lift,” Louis Cole, MD said.
But, RadarOnline goes on and says, “Her under eyes look fuller, maybe from fillers or perhaps eye surgery.”
Having trashed the Hollywood life and what comes with it, Almuddin is now entrenched in it, like it or not. Appearing with Clooney often means walking red carpets and the like. With more movies and award shows down the line, each time she appears, the rumors circulate again.
Meanwhile, Clooney told the Daily Mail that “there is nothing fun about aging in Hollywood, where actors are offered fewer and often lesser roles later in life.” While his wife is not starring in any movies – yet – she seems to have taken to the surgery.
Now, there is word that she may be cast in Clooney’s next caper, “Hack Attack,” which is in pre-production. So, the irony may be fading a bit.
For Clooney’s sake, he seems content on not doing it. But, with Clooney, getting roles as he ages is not as hard as it is for women. But, what about a woman like Salma Hayek when it comes to plastic surgery?
She told People, ”I don’t believe in Botox, especially when [people] do it so young. They destroy themselves. They keep telling young girls, ‘Do it young, so you never get wrinkles.’ No, your face is going to fall. You’ll have to keep getting more and more and more each time. So if you’re going to do it, I recommend doing it as late as you can.”
“As late as you can” opens the door to possible plastic surgery down the line, or sooner than that. However, she keeps getting roles, and will turn 50 in 2016. “I don’t know if I would never get plastic surgery. I’m not planning on it right now,” she told People.
Celebrities and plastic surgery go hand-in-hand. Perhaps a June 15 Tweet from Conan O’Brien’s sidekick says it all: @AndyRichter – Because of plastic surgery follow-ups, the hallways of every medical bldg in LA seem like a field hospital from the war on aging.